Asahi Select | Asahi Breweries Ltd

Asahi SelectAsahi Select
BA SCORE
3.07/5
72 Ratings
Asahi SelectAsahi Select
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Asahi Breweries Ltd
Japan
asahibeer.co.jp

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,986
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
72
pDev:
17.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
Trade:
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Yuuki
4.71/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Asahi Select is such a beer with so much body, its hard to drink casually. I normally start on Asahi Super Dry and then go to Select once my palette has been set. It has a nice Sweetness and Bold Flavor. Unlike any I have ever had and will drink this beer on special occasions.

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Photo of Sexmortus
4.12/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bronze/amber with 2 fingers of white head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: A hint malt & some mustyness, a little sweet malt & caramel creep in as it warms

T: A hint a of caramel malt sweetness & then a little fruit & grain. A little choclate sneaks in & then citrus peel (lemon). Doesn't tie together very well at all.

MF: Medium bodied, a little prickly in the carbonation& balanced okay

Drank okay, better than most japanse beers I've had on the mainland (still love sapporro black in the can). Try this with an open mind

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Photo of enelson
3.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alexsoju
3.84/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good taste and good color

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Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent gold with a small white cap that quickly fizzles out. Tiny speckles of lacing stick to the sides of the glass.
Smell is of malted barley, caramel, light toffee, light nuts, & biscuit.
Taste is of the aromas with a nutty, malty, Munich, and caramel jumping right out. Nice!
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front and semi dry on the crisp finish.
I would enjoy a sixer of these.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden amber with a small white head. The aroma is malt and floral hops. The taste closely resembles the aroma and is not bad. An average beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear reddish golden to copper color with a 1/4" of off white bubbles at first pour. The head was participating for about 30 seconds or so until it succumbed to the beer. After the head fell, there was just a small ring around the beer where it meets the glass, and that is about it.

Aroma: Very neutral aroma with some very subtle caramel aromatics. There may be a mild minerally thing going on in here, and I can't pick up any hops to speak of.

Taste: The flavor is super reserved. There is a very subtle caramel thing going in here, but I am not sure that there really is any hops in this one, though I am sure that there is. The late additions are minimal so the malt stays in charge of the flavor the entire time. The balance is malt led, but very mild. There are no cloying aspects to this beer, and it is so well attenuated that it leaves a dry impression on the back of the throat.

Opinion: Though I have spent a good deal of time in Asia, I have never been a big fan of the beers there as they reminded me too much of the macro brews that are served up here in the states under the guise of "beer". This is probably the best tasting Asian beer that I have tried thus far. There is some definite residual sweetness in this one that gives it a bigger impression. This beer is not my favorite when I have a plethora of other choices, but the next time I am wandering through the orient, I will keep an eye out for this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Asahi Select pours a dark amber bordering on copper colored body beneath a fluffy head of white foam. The head retention is quite good and it leaves beautiful sheets of lace about the glass.

The nose offers some very nice, delicately toasty malt but little in the way of hops.

It's decidedly crisp in the mouth with a brisk carbonation and medium-light body.

The flavor reveals more of the toasty and slightly sweet malt found in the nose, in fact, it's distinctly malty. And it's also backed by grassy and floral hop flavors. It's balanced by a solid bitterness, and it has a mineral-like dryness to it. It's similar to a Vienna lager, but not quite as rounded.

Nicely balanced and well brewed.

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Photo of Andreji
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice japanese place just off union square in manhattan, and they had this on their menu so every chance is a good one for a new beer.

pour is dark brown, a bit cloudy with a very thin tan head, some bubbles within but really nothing out of the ordinary...along the lines of a modelo or so.

Smell is malty by far, no hoppy presence there. sweet to the nose and to the palate, bit of a creamy feel somewhere there. very moderate bitter finale, if any at all. the malt grain feel is omnipresent.

decent, not fantastic.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. There is a strong smell of malts, not much else. Taste is also primarilly of malts, some notes of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality beer.

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Photo of ClayO
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of jaredkc889
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of confer
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a beers of the world gift box.
Color is gold with a hint of orange. Head disappears into nothing.
Smell is almost nonexistent.
Taste is not bad but not really good either. A little malt flavor but finishes very watery.
This beer is just plain and maybe forgettable to me. It is an easy drink but not much to it.

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Photo of beeragent
3.31/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

By far my favorite Asian Beer. Poured into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. This beer poured light brown, leaving a 1/4 inch head, that faded to barely anything, but left some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is very faint. What there is, is slighty sweet. The mouthfeel is light, but whats expected from a lager. The taste is like water, but with a slight caramel flavor. Not as bad as it sounds, but thats the best way to describe it. This is more of a beer to have on a hot summer day, as opposed to something to get you through a cold winter night. A great starter to a session, but not for the duration.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ordered an Asahi while out eating Sushi, and to my suprise I got the Asahi Select, which wasn't half bad. The label says it is an Amber Lager, however it doesn't look very amber, more of a deep gold. Decent foamy head. Smells a bit malty, with some vinous fruit notes, mostly clean.

The taste is light and malty, and there is a distinct apple juice character. Finishes without much hop balance. It's a bit one dimensional in that respect, but much better than an American Macro lager. Alcohol seems low. The mouthfeel is decent, medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall a decent beer, and if I was faced with a choice of typical gold Lagers to order with Sushi, I would choose this again. Any other time or place, however, I would probably overlook it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appears a transparent golden amber with a smallish bone head of brief duration.

Smell: average quality but not average quantity. Aroma is like a pilsner with some odd additions I can't identify, but in the floral/fruity area. Hints of toffee and bread.

Taste largely follows aroma but more fruity than floral. Sweet balance. Weak finish and aftertaste -- one factor that encourages consumption with a meal rather on its own.

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied; semi-dry and lightly crisp on the finish; good carbonation.

O - a bit different. Worth a try with a meal.

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Photo of TheResidentialOP
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Goldndomer
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of JF1917
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ndrsHM
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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Asahi Select from Asahi Breweries Ltd
Beer rating: 3.07 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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